Twister and shout! McCarren Park wigs out over dust devil

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Talk about a dust-up.

A mini-tornado tore up the infield at Williamsburg’s McCarren Park on Sunday afternoon as a crowd of stunned park-goers looked on — and documented the weather anomaly on their smartphones.

“Holy cow!” said witness Michael Gambale into his phone as he recorded and a man sprinted towards the dust devil. “No, don’t go in the middle! Holy s---!”

The runner apparently made it out intact, as another clip shows, and Gambale hadn’t lost his sense of astonishment when we caught up with him the following day, though he was more level-headed about the risk the freaky funnel posed.

“It was pretty cool,” the Greenpointer said. “I could tell that it was not something dangerous, like a real tornado.”

Gambale was hanging out with friends that afternoon, enjoying the nice weather and playing kickball, when suddenly it got windy.

Dust devils form most often in arid areas on hot, dry days when the ground heats up, according to our pals at the Weather Channel.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Charles from Bklyn says:
The changing weather patterns are not something positive, interesting or cool. This is a serious threat to our existence as we know it. And yes, I hope I am wrong about this.
Aug. 12, 2014, 8:55 am
Rufus Leaking from BH says:
"changing weather patterns" is redundant.

You've always had these weather events. But NOW you have cameras to record and confirm it.

If a dust devil forms in the middle of Flatbush and nobody sees it, did it happen?

Stop scaring yourself.
Aug. 12, 2014, 9:16 am
Susan from Bay Ridge says:
I'm sorry, but this looks INSANE. I've lived in New York my whole life and never seen anything like this. Even the 2007 tornado didn't look so mad.
Aug. 12, 2014, 9:33 am

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